Cash for work programs provide assistance to refugee and host communities
JAMAM [ACTED News] - Jamam refugee camp in Upper Nile State, South Sudan currently hosts approximately 37,000 refugees from Blue Nile State, Sudan. Since February 2011, ACTED as manager of Jamam camp, is responsible for camp set-up, including the division into groups of the different communities of origin, allocation of plots to refugees and pitching tents.
To assist in these activities, ACTED utilizes both refugee and host community populations in Jamam to undertake cash for work activities, providing temporary employment while injecting cash to the vulnerable communities.
Cash for work not only provides a supplementary income, but it also benefits the entire refugee population through community projects in the camp.
ACTED estimates using more than 10,000 man-days of labor for all cash for work activities in Jamam camp.
Most recently, ACTED employed cash for work laborers to dig trenches for the initial phase of a water pipeline in the Jamam area. Once functional, the pipeline will deliver water from the neighboring boreholes to the Jamam camp during the rainy season, as the rain and poor road conditions will make water trucking in the camp very difficult. This pipeline project is supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross.